The Rector's Class

  The Rector's Class  
Part of Trinity's Spiritual Formation Program
Fall, 2017 through Spring, 2018
This year's class takes a different approach from previous years.  Instead of focusing on theme over the course of the whole program year, we will divide the year into four sections.

Aligning with Trinity's 2017-2018 theme of Interfaith Harmony, we will begin by examining the relationship between Christianity and other religious traditions on the level of theology.  We will look at popular notions of religious pluralism, historic Christian perspectives on other religions, and explore how we can come to a place where we are able to hold our Christian faith deeply while also remaining open to the way in which other traditions approach the divine.  Our guide for this exploration will be the writing of Paul F. Knitter, a noted Christian theologian in this area.  

We will then shift gears a bit, by taking a look at that uniquely Christian contribution to religous thought:  the undersanding of God as Trinity.  We will be using Richard Rohr's book, The Divine Dance, to rexamine this mystery and to re-engage with it as part of our own spiritual journey.

In January, the Rector's Class will be led by a special guest, Tarek Mourad, who will guide us through four sessions on Discovering Islam, returning to this year's interfaith theme.   Finally, we will conclude the program year with a Bible study of sorts, looking at Job and the Mystery of Suffering guided by Richard Rohr's book of the same name.  

As always, classes are offered in two sessions:  Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings, so you can choose the one that works best in your schedule.  Classes are also recorded and uploaded to this site so you can listen to them.   The schedule of the year is offered below.

These classses are part of our Adult Formation Program.  Click HERE to learn more.     

Class Schedule for 2017-2018

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Please note that Monday classes meet in the Evening at 7 PM until 8:15 pm in the Library, and Wednesday classes meet in the Morning at 10:30 am until 11:45 am in the Library in Trinty Hall.  Choose the day and time that works best for you -- Wednesday repeats the content of the Monday session that precedes it.   Recordings of the Wednesday morning class sessions will be uploaded to this site weekly for listening, and will be found by scrolling down.

September 27 -- The Reality of Religious Pluralism

       **Note that, due to scheduling issues, there is no class on Monday, Sept 25.  Those attending Monday evening should listen to the on-line recording
          of September 27's class.   

October 4 -- Popular Attitudes Toward Religous Pluralism
 **Note that, due to scheduling issues, there is no class on Monday, Sept 25.  Those attending Monday evening should listen to the on-line recording
          of October 4's class.   

October 9 & 11 --  Christian Attitudes Toward Religious Pluralism:  Conservative Evangelical & Mainline Protestant

October 23 & 25 -- Christian Attitudes Toward Pluralsim:  The Catholic Model & the Theocentric Model

Off Week

October 30 & November 1 -- A More Authentic Dialogue:  How is Jesus Unique?

November 6 & 8 -- Doing Before Knowing: The Challenge of Inter-religious Dialogue

Thanksgiving Break

November 27 & 29 -- The Divine Dance:  Richard Rohr on the Trinity

December 4 & 6 -- The Divine Dance:  Richard Rohr on the Trinity

December 11 & 13 -- The Divine Dance: Richard Rohr on the Trinity

Christmas/New Year Break

January 8 & 10 -- Understanding Islam:  Islamic Beliefs and Practices (with Tarek Mourad)

MLK Day Break

January 22 & 24 -- Understanding Islam:  The Life of the Prophet (with Tarek Mourad)

January 29 & 31 -- Understanding Islam:  The Qur'an (with Tarek Mourad)

February 5 & 7  -- Understanding Islam: Concepts of Social Justice in Islam (with Tarek Mourad)

February 12 & 14 -- Job & Suffering:  A Story of Conversion and What to Do About Evil

February 19 & 21 -- Job & Suffering: An Eye-Opener on Prayer

March 5 & 7 -- Job & Suffering: Job and Friends Joust for God

March 12 & 14 -- Job & Suffering: Truth is the Best Ally of God

March 19 & 21 -- Job & Suffering:  Job's Long Leap of Faith

March 26 & 28 -- Job & Suffering: Darn It, I'm a Human Being


April 16 & 18 -- Job & Suffering:  God's Angle on Evil

April 23 & 25 -- Job & Suffering: Out of the Shadow of God's Light

April 30 & May 2 -- Catch Up and Conversation

May 7 & 9 --- (Extra Session if needed)


Class Recordings

Below you will find a library containing the recordings of the current series  as well as recordings from previous years.  
To find the MOST RECENT RECORDINGS, please click on the "Date" category, and this will re-order the list to show you the most recent recordings first.


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Class on Mysticism 01
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Class on Mysticism 02
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Class on Mysticism 03
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Class on Mysticism 04
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Class on Mysticism 05
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Class on Mysticism 06
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Class on Mysticism 07
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Class on Mysticism 08
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Class on Mysticism 09
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Class on Mysticism 10
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Class on Mysticism 11
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Class on Mysticism 12
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Class on Mysticism 13
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Class on Mysticism 14
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Class on Mysticism 15
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Class on Mysticism 16
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Class on Mysticism 17

Descent of the Heart 01
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Descent of the Heart 02
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Descent of the Heart 03
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Descent of the Heart 04
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Descent of the Heart 05
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Descent of the Heart 06
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Descent of the Heart 07
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Descent of the Heart 08
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Descent of the Heart 09
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Descent of the Heart 10
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Descent of the Heart 11
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Descent of the Heart 12
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

Descent of the Heart 13
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 

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